Lone Star Governance Newsletter: February 2022

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February 2022

Lone Star Governance

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This month in Lone Star Governance

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Welcome to This Month in Lone Star Governance. These emails highlight current events in the LSG initiative, answer frequently asked questions, and celebrate LSG successes from around the state. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed in an edition of This Month in Lone Star Governance, please let us know by emailing lsg@tea.texas.gov.

If you missed a previous issue of This Month in Lone Star Governance, you can get it on the TEA website here.

Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes (EISO) Training for 2022

Over the past several months, Lone Star Governance staff have been at work updating training materials to align with new laws from the 87th Texas Legislature (2021) and add information on several other agency programs and how they integrate with board of trustee responsibilities. In November, we began hosting our updated EISO 2022 training using these new materials. This training-of-trainers equips attendees not only to train school boards on how to evaluate and improve student outcomes, but also to educate trustees on other agency programs to better serve their student groups, districts, and communities.

Training sessions will be held remotely and are scheduled for the second Monday of each month from February through December. You can find a date and sign up for a session on the TEA website here: https://tea.texas.gov/lsg.

New School Safety Training for School Board Trustees

HB 690, passed by the 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, added a new section to state law (Texas Education Code, §11.159(b-1)) requiring the State Board of Education (SBOE) to develop—in coordination with the Texas School Safety Center—a training on school safety for school board trustees. In November 2021, the SBOE adopted the new school safety training.

At its January 2022 meeting, the SBOE approved proposed rules governing the training requirements. If you would like to review the proposal and comment on the rules, please visit the Texas Education Agency website HERE. The public comment period begins on Friday, February 25 and ends at 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, April 1.

The SBOE is scheduled to adopt the final rules at its upcoming April meeting. Currently, the training requirement is expected to take effect at the beginning of the 2022–23 school year.

LSG Field Testimonial

In January, the Frankston ISD board of trustees experienced a Lone Star Governance workshop for the first time. Check out our new video in which five of the trustees give their impression of Lone Star Governance and the workshop itself.

LSG Field Testimonial: Frankston ISD

If you're ready to explore Lone Star Governance and have the same eye-opening experience as Frankston ISD, reach out to us at lsg@tea.texas.gov.

This Month's Frequently Asked Question

Are school board trustees still required to take cybersecurity training? We have heard it said that the training is no longer required for school board trustees.

Yes, school board trustees are still required to take cybersecurity training every year. The requirement for school board trustees to complete this training is established in Texas Government Code, §2054.5191. Each school district determines which training is most appropriate for its trustees from a list published by the Texas Department of Information Resources.

Senate Bill 1267, passed by the 87th Texas Legislature, 2021, changed the cybersecurity training requirement for school district employees, but the trustees’ training requirements were not affected because trustees are elected officials and not school district employees.

For more information on the required cybersecurity training, please see the Department of Information Resources Cybersecurity Awareness Training web page.

See more frequently asked questions at the link below.


Frequently Asked Questions


Coming in March

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